Notes: Beware of the NHTSA complaint data for the 2005 Camry. It is almost certainly misleading.

The problem with NHTSA data for the 2005 Camry is that for months on end, the news media repeatedly told the public that several Toyota models had an unintended acceleration defect, & to go to (the NHTSA's website) to file a complaint.

So, the NHTSA received a disproportionate number of complaints about Toyota unintended acceleration issues because of the national news media attention, to the point where their data is unreliable taken in context with any other vehicle that did not receive national news attention. typically receives more complaints per day about vehicles than the NHTSA does, but the news media did not repeatedly say "go to to report your Camry acceleration problems" like they did about the NHTSA -- so although we have less complaint data than the NHTSA for the 2005 Camry, our data for the Camry is a far more statistically accurate representation of the Camry's reliability than what the NHTSA data shows.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
13 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
14 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,811 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2005 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #14

Jul 062010


  • 29,269 miles


The gas pedal raced to the floor board, the auto raced across amedian, went up an embankment a cross ahighway came down on the other slope, we hit a tree at ahigh rate of speed and the air bags did not deploy. We are lucky to be alive, the auto was a total loss. State trooper and ambulance was on scene. Allstate is handling claim. Just the fact that the air bags did not deploy should tell you something?

- East Meadow, NY, USA

problem #13

May 172010


  • miles
I was trying to park my car at the green farmer market when instead of braking the car kept going. I pressed down on the brake but the car kept gliding hitting a pole and continuing to move towards the gas station. The car finally slammed into the concrete gas station sign and stopped. The air bag did not deploy.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #12

Mar 122010

(reported on)


  • miles
2003 and 2005 Toyota Camry with unintended acceleration. While pulling out of a parking space, the 2003 Camry suddenly accelerated. Although the consumers husband applied the brake hard, the vehicle would not slow down. The vehicle crashed through a wooden barrier of the parking lot and then hit a fire hydrant, which stopped the vehicle. The air bags did not deploy and the consumer and her husband suffered injuries. The consumer no longer owns the 2003 which was totaled by the insurance company. The consumer purchased a 2005 Camry to replace the 2003. On two separate occasions, sudden acceleration was experienced with the 2005 Camry when the consumer slowly made a turn into a parking space. The consumer swiftly applied the brakes both times to avoid crashing into her house.

- Chevy Chase, MD, USA

problem #11

Mar 012010


  • 21,000 miles


On Mar. 1 2010 my wife was driving in city traffic at 30 mph when she rear- ended the car ahead. Her head hit the steering wheel and was rendered unconscious. The air bags never deployed despite major front end damage. Her memory of what happened was lost but she felt the car had jumped or surged just before. She was driving a 2005 Toyota Camry which has not yet been recalled.the car was totaled and Toyota doesn't feel the car might have a problem. When witnesses went to help, my wife had both feet on the brake pedal, the Toyota was still running at a fast idle and she was just beginning to regain her wits but could remember only that the car had jumped ahead. As Toyota has not included the 2005 Camry in it's recall I feel that maybe it should. My wife was not on the cell phone nor was she drinking or on medication. She is a safe driver and I believe the car raced ahead on its own.

- Willard, MO, USA

problem #10

Dec 222006


  • 3,000 miles
On December 22, 20006 I was driving into thorton gas station on sharon road while approaching, the front of the building suddenly my car plunge ahead and shattered the front window of the filling station if it wasn't for the block stop I would have gone into the store, an ambulance was called I was put in the hospital for two for test, they found nothing then I was schedule for a brain scan nothing there, until recently I know feel that I know what happen to my car.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

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problem #9

Jan 052010


  • 33,500 miles
I was in a multi-storey car park and I spotted a free space 20 yards ahead. I took my foot off the accelerator, and the vehicle begun to lose speed normally. I applied the brake gently to turn right into an empty spot. I was braking to a halt at an appropriate distance from a retaining wall when suddenly, with no warning, the Toyota lurched forward at an incredible rate of acceleration, struck the wall then bounced back several feet and the engine cut out. I suffered severe neck trauma, due first to the sudden acceleration and then the impact. The airbag did not deploy despite the fact that the damage to the front of the car was according to an expert consistent with an impact speed of 30 to 35 mph. Earlier in the same trip, I was stopped at traffic lights with the car in drive and my foot on the brake. Suddenly the car vibrated and lurched against the brake, trying to move ahead. I had to brake hard to prevent it from doing so. The lights changed and I proceeded towards the parking garage where the accident described above subsequently occurred. The damage to the front of the car has not yet been fixed and the car has not been used since the accident. I reported this accident to Toyota customer service who arranged for someone from their local service company to examine the vehicle at the body shop where it was located. The main conclusion of their examination was that they found no problem with the brakes. In fact, my complaint was not about the brakes, which had always worked perfectly normally. Their report also said "we are happy that you did not sustain injuries in this incident". I am sorry to inform them that I am still suffering from severe back and neck pain from the injuries that I sustained.

- Los Altos, CA, USA

problem #8

Sep 282009


  • 55,000 miles


My husband had a wreck in which the airbags in my car didn't deploy. He T-boned a steel pole and then went into a ravine about 20 feet down hill and then T-boned a tree. The car was going above 30 mile an hour and no brakes were applied at any time. He knocked the pole with the concrete still attached and had been buried about 2ft. In the ground down into the ravine and tore the branches from the tree. The front of the car took significant damage and it was reported to me that the frame was bent on the passenger side of the car. He hit his head on the steering wheel and received a broken nose and a large knot on his forehead due to no airbag deployment.

- Cookeville, TN, USA

problem #7

Jul 142009


  • 64,000 miles
Truck turned left in front of my vehicle and my car T-boned him and the airbag did not deploy. I was traveling about 40 mph. I have whiplash and back injuries due to being sloshed around in the car along with a 3 inch wide bruise across my chest and underarm area.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #6

Oct 292008


  • 37,800 miles
Direct full frontal impact @ 35-40 mph into Jeep Grand Cherokee turning left in front of me. Air bags failed to deploy - entire front end demolished (car was totaled). 2 injured and still in physical therapy. Advised by police officer that I probably "nose dived during braking and when front of car dipped, impact was above sensors". have heard of many other instances where air bags failed to deploy.

- Medina, OH, USA

problem #5

Jun 202008


  • 55,000 miles
A friend was driving my car when she fell asleep and hit a tree going 50 mph. The car was totaled and we both suffered physical pain. The air bags did not deploy!!

- Catonsville, MD, USA

problem #4

Feb 212006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles


: the contact stated while driving 5 mph there was a head on collision with another vehicle traveling 20 mph. The air bags failed to deploy. Seat belts were in use however; serious head and neck injuries were sustained. A police report was filed at the scene. The vehicle was towed to an independent repair shop. The manufacturer was alerted.

- Spring Valley, NY, USA

problem #3

Jan 232005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 300 miles
About 300 miles while driving steering wheel came loose, and caused loss of vehicle control. At 537 miles, while making a right hand turn and then a left turn, as driver attempted to straighten the vehicle steering wheel would not respond. Steering wheel had no control. The weather was dry, a flat road. The speed was about 65 pmh. Vehicle crahed into a wall. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy. Passenger sustained a broken back, and arm. Driver sustained a broken ankle and bruises.

- West Covina, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 312004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,000 miles
I was involved in an accident with my 2005 Toyota Camry. I truck turned in front on me. His truck hit my front driver side(front light) al the way down to the back door. None of the air bags deployed. The driver side mirror shattered the driver side window. If the side curtain side air bag would have deployed the glass would have cut me up and the mirror would have hit me in the face.

- Ruther Glen, VA, USA

problem #1

Oct 062004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,480 miles
The passenger side air bag had a hole inside. It was discovered while cleaning the leather. After the service manager examined the vehicle and then another vehicle of same year, make and model, he determined there was a hole. Also, air bag light was on. The dealer stated to bring the vehicle back for the air bag light. However he would not repair the hole.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

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